Developing an integrated smart cities model for public services
John David introduces his alternative strategy for smart cities.
Action plan for Glasgow’s growth
Last week the eight councils of the Glasgow City Region launched their joint economic action plan. Cllr Frank McAveety explains how the region is kick-starting a long-term collaboration on jobs, skills and inclusive growth.
Brexit gives regions a real chance to bridge the prosperity gap
Brexit should be seen as an opportunity to usher in serious change and prosperity to the regions, writes Dr Laurence Ferry - and the industrial strategy could be a key driver if local government is given the tools and necessary accountability.
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
Gearing up cities for the uncertainty ahead
Local leaders can still help prepare their places for the uncertainty ahead by investing to improve skills and infrastructure in their areas, writes Alexandra Jones.
Stop pretending and start talking about the future
We are at a pivotal moment in local government history and the sector has to start being honest, writes Heather Jameson.
Time for the sector to embrace apprenticeships
Apprenticeships may well be the key to help the public sector meet ever increasing expectation and demand, writes Jason Stevens.
Communities must be at the heart of the industrial strategy
Colin Crooks argues the trickle down effect of investment cannot change communities alone.
Planning beyond the political cycle
Local areas must be given more autonomy to invest for the future, writes Louise Sunderland.
We’re in this together
The year ahead poses myriad challenges to local government. Deborah Cadman calls on leaders in the sector to support each other through these difficult times.
Brexit ‘must work for councils’
Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations must secure beneficial access to the European Union’s key markets or local authorities could suffer, experts have warned.
Blueprint for Welsh working outlined by minister
Proposals unveiled by the Welsh Government this week could see a move towards regional working.
Solent devolution deal 'highly unlikely'
Opposition from Hampshire CC has made a Solent combined authority ‘highly unlikely,’ the leader of Portsmouth City Council has admitted.
LGA: Job centres failing to support unemployed
Job centres are failing to identify and support half of all unemployed people, proving funding should be devolved to local councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Local economic success is there for the taking
There are new opportunities for local government to boost economic growth - so long as leaders are willing to grasp them, writes Lawrence Conway
The shifting sands of local government pension schemes
Rob Whiteman looks at the challenges ahead for local government pension schemes as government reforms take shape.
NHB changes ‘will damage districts’
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for transitional funding for authorities hardest hit by New Homes Bonus (NHB) reforms amid fears some districts could be ‘destabilised’.
Retailers urge council to drop ‘tourist tax’ plans
A national group representing pubs and bars has warned Bath & North East Somerset Council against adopting a tourist tax.
The future governance of local enterprise partnerships
Local enterprise partnerships are not democratic institutions but with responsibility for significant sums of public money, Ed Hammond says there should be expectations around strong local accountability.
District deal’s bid to cement authorities’ two-tier alliance
West Sussex CC and Crawley BC have signed a ‘district deal’ in a bid to strengthen partnership working between the two tiers.